How You Can Help

We are so grateful for the support of our community. There are a number of ways you can help the animals in our care.

  • Monetary donations go directly toward veterinary care for injured and ill animals, as well as animal welfare enrichment items and activities. Donations of $25 and greater are tax deductible. You will receive an official tax receipt by mail.


    Canada Helps
    With Canada Helps, you can donate once or monthly. Also, if you want to donate in honour of someone, you can send them an e-card.


    Sponsor a shelter pet through The Petfinder Foundation. Note: this website is in US dollars.


    Cheques can be mailed to the Animal Shelter (please do not mail cash). Please make the cheque out to New Westminster Animal Services.


    Donations can be made in person by cash, cheque, Interac, Visa or Mastercard during our regular office hours.

  • We accept new or used, good-condition items, such as towels, blankets, small pet beds, cat/small dog carriers, and toys. Donations can be dropped off at our front doors during our office hours.


    We regret that donated items do not qualify for tax-deductible receipts.

    *For health and safety reasons, we cannot accept open or expired food, pillows, used large dog beds, or used cat scratching posts. If you are not sure if we are able to accept a specific item, please feel free to phone us first.

  • Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the New Westminster Animal Shelter. The first thing we ask you to do is view the Volunteer Program General Information slideshow below to see if our program is a good fit for you, and vice-versa.

    If after viewing our slideshow, you believe we would make a good team, please click on the "Apply Here" link below.

    Important: our weekend shifts are FULL, so if your availability is limited to weekends only, we regret that we will not be able to take you on.

    You may apply at any time, but please note that we only take on new volunteers in January, May, and September.

    Apply Here

    Upon receipt of your application, the City Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to set up an interview and start the volunteer screening process.

    Volunteer Screening includes:

    1. Application Form
    2. Reference & Police Information Check
    3. General Information Session
    4. Interview
    5. Animal Services Orientation and Training
    6. Support and Supervision
    7. Follow up and Feedback



    Volunteer Coordinator: Jill Howey

    604-515-3798 or 


    Animal Services: 


  • Thank you for your interest in fostering a shelter animal. We occasionally need fosters to help socialize and provide respite for some of our animals. Most of our foster placements are for cats, rabbits, and other small animals. Dog foster placements are rare. Placement durations can be short term or long term, depending on the animal’s needs. We will cover veterinary care (at our partner vet hospitals) for the foster animal, and we will provide prescription food and medications. We can also provide non-prescription food and other supplies, but of course, if the fosters can help in anyway, that is always appreciated.

    Please submit the foster application form to and we will be in touch!